November 4, 2015
The City of Norfolk Planning Department staff has put together the results from the visioning exercise completed on October 19, 2015 at the Denby Park Charrette.
Staff will followup with the participants in the near future with suggested approaches to address issues raised as well as recommendations for changes to the comprehensive plan, PlaNorfolk2030.
The visioning exercise results are here (PDF).
October 8, 2015
Denby Park properties purchased by the City of Norfolk. YELLOW highlighted properties were purchased in 2014. RED highlighted properties were purchased in 2013. BLUE highlighted properties were purchased in 2011.
A Charrette is planned for October 19, 2015 at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, 288 E. Little Creek Road, from 5:30 – 8pm. The entire Greater Wards Community is invited.
The Charrette is designed to get input from the community on the future of Denby Park.
The City of Norfolk, with significant input from Wards Corner residents, has made it a priority over the last 5 years to decrease the substandard housing in the “Texas Streets” portions of Denby Park. During that time the City has spent more than 6 million dollars purchasing and demolishing 193 of those substandard housing units. This has resulted in a drop in crime both in Denby Park and in the Wards Corner business district.
Now that the City is such a large landowner in Denby Park, they are looking for citizen input on what the future should hold for that portion of our City.
Come to the meeting and help decide what should be built in Denby Park – a park? residential? commercial? mixed use?
June 9, 2015
While the City has made great strides in Denby Park by purchasing some of the substandard housing and tearing it down, there continues to be a criminal element plaguing that neighborhood. This is why Wards Corner Now and the Wards Corner Task Force continue to support the implementation of the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan which calls for the acquisition and demolition of the undesirable housing and the replacement thereof with a mixed use development, making use of the Uptown Norfolk concept.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, on June 9, 2015:
Two men burst into a home this morning in the 300 block of E. Little Creek Road and stole a man’s vehicle and other items.
The home invasion was reported at 4 a.m., a police news release says.
The resident suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The man’s vehicle is described as a 2002 gray Chevrolet Trail Blazer with Ohio license plates.
No description was given of the two robbers.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Robbery Division at 664-7032, or Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP
May 22, 2015
The Wards Corner community has pressured the City of Norfolk to clean up the crime infested “Texas Streets” area of Denby Park since the completion of the Wards Corner Comprehensive plan in 2004.
Since 2011 the City has purchased 193 substandard crime inducing apartment units and demolished them. As a result, crime has dropped demonstrably.
Louis Eisenberg has provided pictures showing the successes in Denby Park and Monticello Village in the form of new residential construction, below. It’s hard to believe that any of the below investment and construction would be feasible without the reduction in crime. This is a huge success that should be celebrated in Wards Corner.
October 10, 2014
Denby Park properties to be purchased by City of Norfolk. YELLOW highlighted properties are to be purchased in 2014. RED highlighted properties were purchased in 2013. BLUE highlighted properties were purchased in 2011.
The Texas streets portion of Denby Park has, in the past, been referred to as the criminal cancer of Wards Corner. The City of Norfolk is completing steps to finalize its third purchase of property in that area in an attempt to rid it of the substandard housing that attracts the criminal element.
The most recent purchase includes 88 units on San Antonio Blvd. The addresses are: 352 San Antonio, 366 San Antonio, 369 San Antonio, 375 San Antonio, 7816, 7820, 7824 San Antonion, and 7812 San Antonio.
The city’s Department of Neighborhood Development is inviting the public to attend a community celebration on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM at 352 San Antonio Boulevard to celebrate the purchase and eventual demolition of the 88 additional units in Denby Park.
Expect brief remarks made by elected officials and members of the community. Police/Fire-Rescue will be on hand cooking and serving food and refreshments so bring your appetite.
May 11, 2014
In partnership with the Oakdale Farms/Denby Park Civic League
Who: Everyone – all ages welcome
When: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Where: Northside Park – 8401 Tidewater Dr, Norfolk
We will meet at Picnic Shelter #2 near the parking lot
Things to bring: bug spray, and sunscreen
We will provide the bags, gloves and other items
After Party will be at Noon at the #2 Picnic Shelter
We will be having Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips and Drinks and a Cake to celebrate.
Parent Permission forms, Video/Picture Release forms & Certificates of Participation will be provided
Call 404-8072 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 10, 2014
The following is the text of a Flyer from Oakdale Farms / Denby Park Civic League:
Join the Oakdale Farms / Denby Park Civic League to “Take out the Trash”
The week of May 26 to May 30, the city of NORFOLK is inviting you to “TAKE THE TRASH OUT”
What this means is: that stack of newspapers piling up in the corner of the house, or that stack of broken wood in the garage, or even that broken couch that you need to get rid, well now you can! Your civic league has made it possible for you to get rid of it all. Now is your chance. All you have to do is start putting your stuff on the curb on Monday May 26th. All debris will be removed on our normal trash day, May 30th.
-Please keep the city employees safe and do not put trash under overhead wires-
*No need to call for a special pick up** Please recycle
**No penalty for having your trash on the curb before Thursday**
Take this opportunity to clean up your neighborhood
call 871-3782 for assistance or to volunteer